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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Teachers in the Archbold Area School District accepted a new contract Tuesday morning that includes a freeze in base pay and a reduction in insurance benefits.

The Fairlawn Haven Auxiliary Auction had another record year in 2006, generating gross receipts of more than $42,000 and topping the 2004 record. Max Stuckey, auctioneer, calls for bids on one of the many handcrafted wood items in a photograph.

Ken Cline, superintendent, said school district officials have found a way to avoid replacing two retiring teachers, cutting $156,100 from the budget.

David Manahan, Archbold, received the annual Good Scout Award from the Black Swamp Area Council of Boy Scouts. The award is given annually to a scout for his contributions to scouting and support of his community.

Troy J. Simon, chief executive officer of Midwest Community Health Associates, said the group will build a new building somewhere in Fulton County in the future.

Simon said physicians from the Archbold Medical Group, now a part of MCHA, are strained for space in their portion of the Westfield Medical Center.

Marcia Rozevink, AHS principal, told the school board AHS students have turned in outstanding performances and efforts.

Earlier this month, students took the Ohio Graduation Test. “That’s tough, but they did a great job,” she said.

Deaths–Fred B. Witte, Sr., 84, Archbold; Alice A. Gigax, 80, Archbold; Ellis B. Croyle, 75, Goshen, Ind.; Harold G. Miller, 81, Wauseon; Edith I. Poorman, 83, Wauseon; Rockwell Kent “Rocky” Wyse, 65, Wauseon; Donald M. Heston, 51, Stryker; Bertha E. (Pontious) Gorsuch, 97, Wauseon

65th Wedding Anniversary– Walter and Martha (Eicher) Stamm, April 13, 1941; 40th Wedding Anniversary– P. Joe and Carol (Will) Nafziger, April 3, 1966

Justin Beck, son of Tom and Jamie, was recently awarded the Pettisville FFA alumni senior scholarship and the agricultural accomplishment award.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, April 3, 1991

Council and Sauder Woodworking have come to a deal on a 20-inch waterline for Myers Road in which the village will buy the materials and the company will do the installation.

Archbold probably won’t be the site for housing of people with severe mental disabilities, according to William Harper, director of the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services.

“We’re in the market for homes. We’re particularly interested in duplexes,” Harper said. In a duplex, “one half could be men and the other women, or one side staff members and the other clients.”

The ultimate fate of the Scout Cabin in Ruihley Park was again a topic for discussion for village council. Nolan Tuckerman, village administrator, said a local contractor looked at the structure several years ago and recommended replacement.

Council agreed to the Gooding Rupp zoning compromise, approving the measure at its Monday night meeting. Not rezoned were two lots on Burke, east of Pleasant Street. They remain R-2, with heavy deed restrictions.

Marc Fruth, high school principal, and Grace Beltz, Defiance College assistant director of admission and fi- nancial aid, are making plans for the annual Northwest Ohio Student Leadership Conference. Fruth serves as co-chairman of the conference committee, according to a photo caption.

Deaths–Marjorie F. Replogle, 74, Stryker; Grover R. Rice, 85, born in Fulton County; Tiffany Marie Spiess, three months old, Napoleon; Laura Rufenacht, 88, Pettisville

Many residents will take part in the Support Your Troops Day Rally from 7 to 9 pm, Saturday, at the AHS gymnasium.

Two full-page advertisements feature photographs of service award recipients at Sauder Woodworking.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 1966

Two Science Fairs with more than 160 exhibits, other district fairs in the United States, and nearly a dozen friendly foreign nations are to be in the auditorium and gymnasium of Archbold High School, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Archbold has a good reserve supply of raw water in the storage reservoirs, with the pumps operating on and off at regular intervals to keep the level high, according to Nolan Tuckerman, superintendent of the water and sewage plants.

The 200-million-gallon reservoir has 14 1/2 feet, while the smaller 100-million gallon reservoir has 14 feet. These are satisfactory levels for March and April.

Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Grieser, was chosen FFA Sweetheart for the Pettisville High School chapter for 1966.

John O. Pelton, 42, Delta, was killed while walking across US 20-A, three quarters of a mile east of town, Saturday evening.

The Archbold volunteer fire department, with 13 men and several pieces of equipment, joined firemen from four other towns in fighting a $150,000 fire in Wauseon, Saturday evening. The battle lasted over five hours and apparently started in the building occupied by Hammontree Appliance Co., 129 N. Fulton Street.

Flames spread rapidly to the adjoining building occupied by Western Auto.

In 1909, Ohio held its first state basketball tournament. From that year through 1922, there was no division of teams in the state. In 1923, schools were divided into two groups, Class AA (large schools) and Class A (small schools).

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Apr. 16, 1941

The body of Bernard G. Walsh, 30, was found late Monday morning just at the east end of the water pans along the New York Central tracks west of Archbold.

The senior high school class will present a mystery play, “The High School Mystery,” April 18. Lead players are Phyllis Rupp and Dale Schlatter. Others in the cast are Florence Stuckey, Cara Lauber, Celestine Grime, Gretchen Spoerle, Eunice Mahler, William Jones, William Lorton, William Kramer, Luther Springer, Charles Rupp. John Couch is the coach.

Four fire alarms in two days kept firemen busy. A grass fire along the ditch bank on the Amos Burkholder farm got out of control Wednesday; within a half-hour, firemen were called to the Sylvan Short farm for a grass fire. Thursday morning, the department was called to the rear of the Archbold Hatchery, where a small fire threatened to become a large one. Thursday afternoon, firemen went to the Willard Short farm, where another grass fire was making threats.

Robert Hayes writes from Fort Bragg, N.C., that he is learning how to operate the army’s big Howitzers, which will shoot about 12 miles. “We also learn to drive the army’s big 6-wheel drive trucks, which weigh 8 tons. We get up at 6 am and lights off at 9 pm,” he wrote.

Nearly a hundred boy scouts, agricultural students, club members, etc., were at the new Harrison Lake, Saturday morning until noon, to help plant trees donated by the State Conservation Department.

Easter Sunday, April 13, was the hottest on record in this area, and citizens enjoyed one of the most beautiful Easter days within memory.

Floyd Carpenter has resigned his position with the Ohio Gas, Light & Coke Co., to become Bryan’s new traffic enforcement officer. He has been provided a new motorcycle and will start a drive against violators of the village traffic ordinances.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, April 4, 1916

The Peoples State Bank Company has received notice the Archbold bank will receive $15,000 in state funds in trust. The money will help council pay bills.

An injunction was issued against the school board of Chesterfield Township, restraining it from working on the new centralized school building. The building is nearly completed, but the present trouble will delay the work.

Last month, Albert Schmucker’s milk check was $138. Regular income from milk puts farmers and businessmen on easy street.

When Archbold had 14 saloons, one of them was kept by a cobbler named Stamm. His place of thirst quenching was where the Rowe saloon now stands.

Stamm had a discouraging looking monkey in his saloon. One time, fire broke out and all rushed to the street. Stamm went back to retrieve the monkey, but returned with a cat. Someone asked about the monkey and Stamm looked in the cat’s mouth and said, “I can’t even see the end of the monkey’s tail yet.”

It was found later in the mill yard.

Fire destroyed the Grange Hall two miles south of Stryker, Wednesday morning at about 4 a.m. The origin is unknown. It was insured for $1,300 and valued at $3,000.

About two hours before the Duprez public auction Saturday, the executor was served a summons by the sheriff from Joseph Duprez, a brother, of Toledo, who was not named in the will.

The Dorcas Society of the Reformed Church had an Experience Social at the home of Mrs. E. A. Murbach, Saturday afternoon.

Among the passing remarks heard on the street Saturday was this one: “She wants to git married but she don’t know nothin’. All she’s ever done is teach school.”

Friday, April 7, 1916

Bryan is to have a theatre in the near future that will be capable of seating 1,000, and will be one of a string of 12 theatres playing highclass attractions.

Mr. Sloan, the highbrow of the Archbold-Stryker Gas Company, awakened the minds of councilmen. He invited the committee to go with him to Defiance, Bryan, or Adrian, Mich., to see what service and satisfaction the gaslights give. Mr. Sloan favors a 10-year contract. Many dispute the light way up there in the air does no one any good.

Before the new street sweeper can be used, it will be necessary to get the mud and so forth off the top of the pavement so the sweeper can get a chance at the dirt. When the pavements are once cleaned, it will not be much of a task to keep them so.

Harvey Frey of District 14, German Township, won the spelling contest at the Archbold schoolhouse, Wednesday evening. He will represent the township schools in the county contest at Wauseon, May 10.

Ordinance No. 158 met with the approval of all cleanly disposed citizens. It provides those ugly closets along the alleys be eliminated by June 1 before warm weather sets in, and it will be a long step toward making Paradise Alley fit to mention in decent company.

While blowing stumps on the Charles Gunn farm near Okolona, Tuesday, Elzie Teeple, 35, of Ridgeville Corners, blew off both hands and badly injured his head when a stick of dynamite exploded in his hands just as he was adjusting the cap. A supply of dynamite in a basket nearby also exploded.

Two workmen 100 feet away were hurled against a stump, and farmhouses in the neighborhood were shaken. One of the workmen was Earl Smith, of Ridgeville Corners. The other was Joe Mason, of Napoleon.

Elzie died April 4. He had a wife and five children.



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